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Rangers boss keen on Joey Barton deal

By Ronnie Esplin

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has admitted that he's eager to bring Joey Barton to Ibrox.

The 33-year-old midfielder visited the Murray Park training ground over the weekend to discuss a potential move to the Glasgow giants.

Barton has also been offered a one-year contract at Burnley after helping them secure the Sky Bet Championship title, but Warburton is hoping he can add Barton to his squad.

"Joey is a very talented player," Warburton - preparing for Saturday's Scottish Cup final against Hibernian - said. "He's a Burnley player still. He's a very talented individual. He offers the experience and maturity that we need to add to the squad.

"They are the Championship team of the year after a fantastic season for Joey, I'm sure he has a lot of options.

"All we can try to do is show him what Rangers represents, the opportunity we represent and just see where that goes."

The Gers have also been linked to New York Cosmos midfielder Niko Kranjcar with Warburton said to have travelled to the States to discuss terms.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Premier League new boys have stepped up their struggle to escape Mike Ashley's clutches after announcing they plan to rip up contracts held with the merchandise company they run with Sports Direct.

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